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Admission test for Commonwealth Executive MBA & MPA Programs (CEMAT) :

This  entrance test conducted by Indira Gandhi National Open University for admission to the Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration (CEMBA) and Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration (CEMPA) programs. The Commonwealth Executive MBA/MPA has been open since mid-2002 through collaboration between the four premier South Asian open universities: Indira Gandhi National Open University, (IGNOU - India), Bangladesh Open University (BOU - Bangladesh), Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL - Sri Lanka), and Allama Iqbal Open University(AIOU - Pakistan).

The Admission Test (CEMAT) is deliberated to provide an additional dimension of measurement for the selection of candidates for this rigorous and demanding programme of study.  CEMAT is conducted twice in a year usually in the month of June and December.

Duration of the Program:

The minimum duration for successful completion of the programme is two years and maximum is five years.

The objectives of the Programs are to

  • Develop quality post-graduate programs that can be implemented widely in Commonwealth countries and can be recognized across the Commonwealth;

  • Enable students in the Commonwealth countries, where the programs are offered, to obtain Masters degrees in the areas of Business Administration, contributing to their professional growth and career advancement and to their country's development; and

  • Develop human resources

Program Structure:

The CEMBA/CEMPA Programme consists of four components: Core, Specialist Compulsory, Elective and Required Courses.

Core Courses:

The CEMBA and CEMPA program has the following Core Courses:

C-1 Management Information Systems

C-2 Management in Organizations

C-3 Managing Human Resources

C-4 Operations Management

C-5 Economic Environment of Business

C-6 Public Systems Management      

C-7 Quantitative Techniques

C-8 Marketing Management

C-9 Accounting & Finance for Managers

Elective Courses:

The CEMBA and CEMPA program has the following Elective Courses:

E-1 Electronic Commerce

E-2 Project Management

E-5 Managerial Economics

E-7 Policy Analysis and Implementation

E-8 Contemporary Administrative Systems

E-9 Disaster Management

E-10 Corporate Finance

E-13 International Marketing

Specialist Compulsory courses

Each programme has two specialist compulsory courses.

For CEMBA program:

Public Policy

Development Planning and Administration

For the CEMPA programme:

Strategic Management

Quality Assurance Management

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates should be a graduate of a recognized university in India or aboard or have an equivalent professional qualification

Candidates should have a minimum two years of post qualification work experience at the supervisory or management level

Candidates should be a resident of India or a Commonwealth country

Candidates should have sound working knowledge of English as the programme is offered only in English

Candidate should have satisfactory score on the CEMBA/CEMPA admission test

Application Procedure:

Students brochure can be obtained from in person, on payment of the required amount in cash.

To receive Students Handbook and Prospectus by post, Demand Draft drawn in favour of IGNOU payable at New Delhi shall be sent to:


International Division,


Indira Gandhi National Open University,

Maidan Garhi,

New Delhi - 110068

Please write name, address and the program on the reverse of the Demand Draft.

Test Pattern:

CEMAT consist of multiple choice questions.

General Awareness

English Language

Quantitative Aptitude


General Awareness


30 minutes

Test II    English Language


50 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude


50 minutes



70 minutes


Contact Details:

Dy. Director, International Cell, 

Room No. 15, Block 14, 

Indira Gandhi National Open University,

Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110 068.


Program Coordinator

IGNOU, New Delhi-110 068

Ph. 011-6854319, Fax: 011-6862078


Program Coordinator

IGNOU, New Delhi-110 068

Ph. 011-6855115, Fax: 011-6859189



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